Calgary in Flames: The Fall of Calgary Stampede Wrestling

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Brian Damage

Originally established by Stu Hart in 1948, the Calgary based promotion ‘Stampede Wrestling’ was for nearly 50 years one of the main promotions in western Canada and the Canadian Prairies and boasts an alumni that features the likes of Bret Hart, Rick Martel and The Dynamite Kid. Today Brian looks at the factors that made the promotion such a success during its heyday. Continue reading

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Wasted Youth: The Failure of Mat Rats

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Brian Damage

By the year 2001, the landscape of professional wrestling had changed dramatically. Both ECW and WCW had been gobbled up by the WWE and TNA was another year away from existence. The brother of Bret Hart…Bruce Hart got together with a number of investors and started a little promotion that would emphasize a young high flying, aerial product. The promotion would be based out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and be taped at one of Calgary’s most famous landmarks….The Palace Nightclub of Calgary. It would be renamed “The Rat’s Nest.” Continue reading